How is Hermione Granger’s character changed from the book to the corresponding scenes in the film to create a more feminist character?
“There is not one single child who will not know Harry Potter”
As quoted by J.K.Rowling, eventually did come true. Everyone is aware of how the Golden Trio defeated the almighty Dark Lord through a series of seven books and an eight film franchise over a period of 2 decades. Even though the franchise is complete, the fans are ever ready to spare a moment to analyse each and every sentence and scene to keep them thriving.
A few instances that have not settled with everyone are the lines that were given to different characters in the books are the lines that Hermione gets in the films. Was this a way of the film directors and producers to portray Hermione as a more feminist character to attract the attention of young girls? Either way, Hermione went through a major character change throughout the series.
In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, there are five such cases when the lines have been changed from the actual characters in the book to Hermione in the film.
In the film, it is the noticed that when all the students are sitting to have dinner and the ghost of Nearly Headless Nick appears, Hermione asks why he is called ‘nearly’ Headless Nick whereas in the books, it is a fellow Gryffindor, Seamus Finnigan who asks that question.
Second example is seen when Neville Longbottom receives a Remembrall and in the book, he explains what the function of the Remembrall is. In the film, Hermione is given the line that explains the function. Questions such as ‘how would a muggleborn, in this case, Hermione, know what a remembrall is’ have surfaced quite often.
Another scene shows Hermione telling Harry that he needs to eat before his first Quidditch game and then proceeds to tell him “Harry, you need your strength”. While, Seamus Finnigan says these lines in the book.
In one part, after the trio has spoken to Professor McGonagall and are trying to find the solution to the Sorcerer’s stone problem, Harry has a eureka moment when he figures out when Snape wants to steal the stone but in the film, these lines are given to Hermione to prove that she is the smartest witch of her age.
In the film, the most significant dialogues were taken from Ron Weasley’s book character, the third member of the Golden trio, and were given to Hermione. When the trio are stuck in Devil’s Snare, Hermione, in a state of anxiety does not know how to kill the plants and the book Ron gives her an idea to light a fire as she is a witch whereas in the film Hermione is shown as being the calm one and figures out a way very easily.
According to an article published by Eugene Nulman in 2014, she states that common themes that make a film popular revolve around woman. Women are never the central characters in the film and always share romantic or maternal links to the protagonists. This is exactly what Hermione’s character entails. Another feature that is seen is that women are always shown as being adventurous and play the role of rescuers but also need to be rescued at times.
The books show Hermione as an equivalent to Harry and Ron with equal flaws and strengths and together they make a team that defeats the villain of the movie. Whereas, in the films, Hermione is shown as an eternal goddess who can take on Lord Voldemort on her own. This shows that Hermione’s character got a level up to suit a super feminist film audience while draining the charm of other male characters and pushing forward an anti-male ideology.
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All the Love, R